Indian states are deploying GPS to curb illegal sand mining. V Ponnuraj, deputy commissioner, Dakshina Kannada said that sand mining is going on illegally and the culprits involved in this are attacking the mining and geology department officials who go for inspections.
Ponnuraj said that he has requested the government to add more officials for security. He informed that every mining truck will be colour coded and assigned numbers, adding that each truck will be affixed with GPS which may cost around Rs 12,000 each to track the mining activity.
Ponnuraj said that in case of violations, he would be informed by the checkpost in the state of Kerala and the permit will be cancelled and trucks seized. He further said that GPS will be added to buses also and this may bring more comfort to the passengers in future. He added that the system will be added by the end of the month and the government has to approve further plans.